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Call for Papers – The Many Lives of Medieval Manuscripts Symposium

30th November – 1st December 2023 at Trinity College Dublin

Manuscripts for Medieval Studies Project supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York

We are delighted to announce a Call for Papers for a symposium on ‘The Many Lives of Medieval Manuscripts’ as part of the ‘Manuscripts for Medieval Studies’ project, supported by Carnegie Corporation of New York. The symposium will take place on Thursday 30th November and Friday 1st December 2023 at Trinity College Dublin.

The ‘Manuscripts for Medieval Studies’ project aims to conserve, catalogue, digitise and share some of the most significant medieval manuscripts in the Library’s collection, including bibles, books of hours, chronicles, histories, psalters, and manuscripts with musical notation. The symposium will explore the many lifecycles of the Library’s medieval manuscripts, from their production and use by contemporaries to their present-day conservation, digitisation, and dissemination.

Speakers will include Professor James Clark (University of Exeter), Dr Laura Cleaver (University of London), Dr David Rundle (University of Kent), and Professor Ruth Karras (Trinity College Dublin).

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers on medieval manuscripts in the Trinity collection and would especially welcome papers on manuscripts which have been digitised as part of the project (detailed below). We welcome a range of themes, including, but not limited to: art; book collecting; cataloguing; conservation; digitisation; famine, plague & warfare; gender & sexuality; love & death; manuscript lifecycles; materiality; music; performance; readership; religion; society & culture.

Proposed titles, 150-word abstracts and bio/ academic CVs should be sent to Dr Claire McNulty ( by 18 September 2023.

Please see links to the medieval manuscripts which have been digitised as part of this project below: